I am looking for a way to pleasantly read PDF files on my widescreen (22" 1680x1050) monitor. My problem with all pdf the PDF-viewer applications I have tried is that they do not handle wide and high margins well. If I go to fullscreen mode in my viewer and zoom in so that the extra margins are cropped, I can view the pages nicely, the annoyance however is that I have to reposition the pages every time I navigate to another page. I am sure there must be a way to make a PDF viewer that can solve this problem and perhaps there is one you know of?

I am aware of something called PDF Reflow in Acrobat Reader but that only works with certain specific (tagged) files. I want a PDF viewer with a smarter zoom/next page function or an automatic margin-crop function. Is there such a thing?

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Have you tried Okular?

Okular is a universal document viewer based on KPDF for KDE 4. This means Okular works on multiple platforms, including but not limited to Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, *BSD, etc.

It supports many formats, and has one great (almost killer) feature: Trim Margins. It's so useful that you will quickly define own shortcut for it (I use Ctrl+`). IMO it's much better than playing with zoom levels.

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Seems on one mentioned SamatraPDF viewer. It has a view option "Fit Content", which actually "removes" margins in display area, and it's going across pages, so it works for me.

  • Zoom->Fit Content and View->Fullscreen achieve exactly what the OP (and I) wanted. Hitting the left and right arrow keys moves between pages, keeping the page expanded to the maximum size for which the content will fit on screen. Thanks.
    – hajamie
    Jun 25, 2014 at 18:50

PDF viewers typically support a range of zoom levels and view modes, such as fitting document to screen size. But fitting document contents to screen size is not something I've seen before.

If the document you are attempting to view has consistent margin widths, then perhaps you can try cropping all the pages beforehand using a PDF editor.

Acrobat Pro should support this, as does Infix PDF Editor.

To batch crop an entire PDF document using Infix, select 'Document > Pages > Resize...' from the menu bar. The 'Resize Pages' dialog will then appear. You'll need to specify a new page size and also uncheck 'Resize page contents'.

Your PDF viewer should hopefully be capable of automatically adjusting pages dimensions to fit screen size. With all the margins gone you'll no longer need to resize each page.

  • Although this would probably have the desired result, it's a very inconvenient way of achieving it, and isn't exactly what the question asks.
    – hajamie
    Jun 25, 2014 at 18:47

Adobe Reader X has all the features you require. The reading mode supports wide screen monitors to a very good extent.


Foxit Reader keeps page position and zoom level in fullscreen when going across pages. I haven't tested in document links for this behavior, though.

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    Thanks - I tried Foxit but the page position does reset to top-right of the page when I flip page with the right/left buttons of the keyboard.
    – jmn
    May 15, 2010 at 15:23
  • The problem is, there are many pdf e-books that have different margins for odd/even pages, to take into account the gutter space (the place where an actual book would be bound). In this case, the same zoom level will work across pages, but you'd need to manually adjust (re-center) the view horizontally for each page change. Apr 5, 2011 at 8:07

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